Time to get pushy: how push notifications can grow your apps mobile engagement

Discover the push notification use cases to grow your apps mobile engagement through acquisition, activation, retention, referral, and revenue.

Product Manager

Albert Yanov

Product Manager

Mobile apps have become an integral part of our lives, and businesses recognize the immense potential they hold for engaging customers and driving revenue.

Among the various mobile messaging strategies, push notifications have emerged as a powerful channel to captivate app users throughout their customer journey. By aligning your push notification strategy with key business metrics, you can maximize the impact of this feature.

One effective framework for defining these metrics is the “pirate metrics” framework, which includes acquisition, activation, retention, referral, and revenue.

In this blog, we’ll explore the “pirate metrics” framework and highlight use cases where Infobip can provide significant benefits to your business.

Push notification use cases to fast track your mobile engagement

Acquisition: grabbing attention from the start

Acquisition refers to the customer journey before installation of the mobile app. Although there is no direct communication with the user during this phase, it is essential to collect data about the user to use in the next steps of the funnel. Such data may include the source that led the user to the app and advertising content, which can be used for personalized communication.

Use case: Personalized onboarding push notifications

Benefit: With Infobip, you can send tailored onboarding messages to new users, guiding them through the app’s features and ensuring a smooth user experience. This increases user engagement, reduces churn, and lays the foundation for long-term retention.

Activation: turning users into active participants

Activation involves different target actions, such as creating an account, filling out personal information, retaining the user during the first week, or a paid subscription, depending on the industry. To encourage the user to complete the first target action, it is possible to use various communication tactics, such as setting up an automation scenario of push notifications for all new end-users. In such welcome push notifications, the user can see the value they can get from the app and the steps needed to be taken. Additionally, marketers can run automation reminders for mobile users who don’t log in to the app during the first few days after installation and encourage them to do so by offering benefits for authorized users.

Use case: Triggered push notifications

Benefit: Infobip’s platform allows you to set up triggered notifications based on user behavior, such as completing specific actions or reaching milestones within the app. By nudging users at critical points, you can drive higher activation rates, encouraging users to explore and utilize the app’s full potential.

Retention: keep users coming back

Retention is one of the most important metrics for mobile apps, as around 90% of new users churn during the first month after installation. To track the retention metric, mobile developers need to track all users who launched the app and reach out to those who don’t open it. The period of reminders can vary based on industry-specific practices, but 4 and 7 days are generally considered best.

Use case: Personalized re-engagement push notifications

Benefit: Infobip enables you to send personalized re-engagment messages to dormant or inactive users. By reminding them of valuable app features, offering exclusive incentives, or notifying about updates, you can reignite their interest and boost app usage, leading to improved retention rates.

Referral: amplifying growth through advocacy

Referral is another key metric in customer acquisition, especially for mobile apps. It shows that someone who is already engaged with the product recommends it to others. To increase referral metrics, well-designed scenarios of communication with mobile users can be used. Good practices include showing in-app forms asking users to share information about the app on social media, writing reviews, and rating in stores. As well, setting up scenarios with a push notification after a key action, such as delivery of an order or visiting a store, can be effective.

Use case: Incentivizing referral push notifications

Benefit: Infobip allows you to implement referral programs by sending targeted push notifications that offer rewards or incentives for users who refer friends or share the app on social media. This turns your satisfied users into brand advocates, driving organic growth and expanding your user base.

Revenue: monetizing user engagement

Revenue is perhaps the most important metric in the customer journey funnel, and it can also be leveraged by mobile push notifications. For eCommerce applications, classifieds, gaming, and subscription model applications, encouraging users to take actions related to payment should be one of the mandatory scenarios. Automation scenarios for reminders of favorite items in a store, informing about the appearance of new products, notifying of price changes for tickets, and classical abandoned cart reminders are all ways to boost revenue.

Use case: Personalized promotional push notifications

Benefit: Infobip empowers you to send targeted promotional offers and upsell notifications to users based on their preferences and previous interactions. By leveraging personalized recommendations and limited-time deals, you can drive conversions, boost sales, and increase revenue generation.

The right technology investments for a successful mobile engagement strategy

In conclusion, mobile engagement is an essential part of any business strategy today. With the rise of mobile apps, it’s crucial to have a well-thought-out mobile engagement strategy in place to keep your customers engaged, satisfied, and loyal to your brand.

To achieve this, businesses need a robust customer engagement solution that includes mobile app messaging capabilities and analytics. With mobile app messaging, you can reach out to your customers in real-time, provide personalized communication, and keep them engaged with your app. Analytics help you track user behavior, identify trends, and make data-driven decisions to optimize your mobile engagement strategy.

Moreover, a customer data platform (CDP) is also a vital component of any mobile engagement strategy. A CDP consolidates customer data from various sources and provides a unified view of the customer. This helps businesses better understand their customers, personalize their communication, and provide a seamless customer experience across all touchpoints.

In summary, a successful mobile engagement strategy requires a customer engagement solution that includes mobile app messaging capabilities, analytics, and a customer data platform. By leveraging these tools, businesses can create a personalized and engaging experience for their customers, driving customer loyalty and ultimately, revenue.

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Jul 26th, 2023
5 min read
Product Manager

Albert Yanov

Product Manager